Three takeaways from Sharks' 3-2 loss to Penguins
Rematch gone wrong
The Sharks dominated the Penguins for two periods in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, only to see the Penguins storm from behind for a 3-2 win in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup Final.
Here are three takeaways from the loss…
1 – An atypical defeat
How rare was this defeat for San Jose? The Sharks didn’t lose a single game in regulation last season when leading after two periods, going 28-0-2 and 9-0 in the playoffs. According to the CSN stats department, the last time the Sharks had a 2-0 lead after two yet still lost in regulation was March 1, 2003 in Calgary (4-3 loss).
Even worse, San Jose played what was probably its best period of the season in the second, outshooting the Penguins 17-4 and scoring the only two goals. Against a team that was as banged up as the Penguins were, this is a game the Sharks have to close out.
2 – Power play still scuffling
The Sharks scored a power play goal against the Kings in the season opener, but have gone just 2-for-13 since, scoring one goal into an empty net and another on a two-man advantage. Against the Penguins the Sharks were 0-for-3 with five shots on goal, and Patrick Marleau in particular had some prime looks early that he couldn’t convert. Joe Pavelski said: “We had plenty of looks at other moments to score to break it open, to get that three goal lead, and we didn’t cash in. … A 2-0 lead, power play has to increase it.”
3 – Still a chance to win the road trip
Coach Pete DeBoer didn’t appear overly upset after the loss. After all, the Sharks played just one home game before having to take a five-game roadie, and practice time has been non-existent. The Sharks still have a chance to bring home a winning record from the trip when they visit Detroit on Saturday in what will be their final game at Joe Louis Arena. Coming home with a 4-2 mark to open a three-game homestand against the Ducks on Tuesday would still be admirable.